Local Government Finance

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 4:58 pm on 3rd February 2010.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Chair, London Regional Select Committee 4:58 pm, 3rd February 2010

Does the hon. Lady share my concern that while she is focusing on council tax-I agree that nobody wants to pay more tax than they have to-there is a risk that we are missing the impact of charges? My local authority, Westminster, is in the process of raising an additional £7 million from parking charges alone, and it is putting up meals on wheels charges by 10 per cent. and introducing a new charge of £20 for the disposal of bulky items, which leads directly to fly-tipping. Of course, those costs fall directly on people to whom no rebate is available, with all kinds of unintended consequences for their purses.

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